Family and friends of Danielle Jelinek held a fundraiser in Maplewood on Saturday and hope that money can talk regarding her search.
Jelinek went missing on Dec. 8, 2012. After months without answers, her family is still heartbroken because there have been no suspects, no arrests and no concrete answers.
Jelinek's mother, Jan Jelinek, mourns the disappearance of her daughter and longs for truth.
Jelinek was last known to be visiting Aaron Schnagl. When police came looking for her, they found her car at his home. Inside the home, investigators also found her purse, cell phone and shoes, along with 12 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and pills.
Schangl, who police describe as a person of interest in Jelinek's disappearance, has since been sent to the St. Cloud Correctional Facility due to a drug offense and probation violation of his probation.
Police statements show he and Jelinek had an on again, off again relationship for two and a half years in which he abused her. Aaron also told police he was intimate with Danielle the last time he saw her.
"I cannot make my mind understand, if he cares for her, why he wouldn't tell us," Jan Jelinek said. "Whatever happened, accident, whatever, just be forthcoming and tell us."
Jay Thomas told FOX 9 he and Danielle were dating seriously for almost two years.
"Saturday morning, she texted me before she went and hung out with him," Thomas said of Danielle's whereabouts before her disappearance. "I don't know if she was going see him, but I didn't really know anything. I just kind of let her be on that Saturday. I don't know if I want to say anything more about it."
It's hard to talk about the hard facts of the case, but the bottom line is that Jelinek is still missing.
"I can say a lot of things about Aaron. I don't think he's a good person," Thomas said. "Hopefully, at some point, a string in his heart pulls and he says something, because we all know he knows more than he's saying."
There is no word yet on how much the current reward is set for, or how much today's fund-raiser will add to it.
There are not any more organized searches planned, but Jan Jelinek says she's working with Chisago County and will continue the official search when the weather breaks.